Music Across the Water: A Collection of English Folk Songs

OUR FIRST RELEASE IS HERE! Music Across the Water : A Collection of English Folk Songs was recorded by Dan, Samantha, and their guest musicians in North Carolina over the course of 2020. The release on CD and on streaming platforms consists of 14 traditional English folk songs re-imagined in a variety of contemporary settings. To hear the songs and to learn more about how they came to be, please visit THE ALBUM page.

Information on how to purchase a CD can be found on our CONTACT page. The release is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.


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I Live Not Where I Love

“I Live Not Where I Love” is first known to have appeared in two broadsides of 1638 and 1640. It later appears in William Chappell’s Popular Music of the Olden Time (1859.)

Geordie

This version of “Geordie” comes from Mrs. Overd of Longport, Somerset, collected by Cecil Sharp in 1904 and the melody from Charles Neville of East Coker, Somerset, collected in 1908.

Who’s the Fool Now?

“Who’s the Fool Now” first appears in Thomas Ravenscroft’s Deuteromelia (1609). The theme is the degradation of drink, the master drinking and telling tall tales, while his servant mocks him.

A Maiden Sat A-Weeping

“A Maiden Sat A-Weeping,” under the title of “As Sylvie Went A-Walking” was sent to collector W. P. Merrick from Australia. The singer, an 80-year-old woman born in Gloucestershire, had been in Australia since 1855. She had learned the song from her uncle, also from Gloucestershire.